Rooney ‘œhate’ comments pulled

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Manchester United have decided to take down comments published on their official web site made by their striker Wayne Rooney ahead of this weekend’s showdown against Liverpool.

Liverpool travel to Old Trafford tomorrow for a crunch Premier League match and former Everton player Rooney admitted he ‘œhates’ the Reds in a pre-match interview.

In the interview, originally recorded for United’s official television channel, MUTV, Rooney said, “I’m very excited about the game because I grew up as an Everton fan hating Liverpool, that hasn’t changed.”

But a United spokesman revealed that the comments had been removed from their official web site in light of the intense rivalry between the two clubs.

He announced, “In advance of the game we felt this was the best option.

“The comments are open to wilful mis-reporting and neither the club, nor Wayne wanted that to happen.”

Wayne, who?

Update: Alex Ferguson has defended Rooney’s comments.

“Hate’s an easy word to say, easier than dislike. Maybe it is not the right word,” he said.

“He’s had lots of stick from their fans over the years so it’s understandable.”

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